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A one time presidential hopeful's get out the vote reminder

Former Maryland Gov. (and presidential hopeful) Martin O'Malley came to town this week with a reminder of where the real political battle is fought in the campaign season.

"It all comes down to people talking to people," he told a group of Hillary Clinton volunteers in Hampton, before tuning up a guitar for a rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."

Shad Plank was there with two African colleagues -- Roselyne Obala from The Standard in Nairobi, Kenya and Prudence Arobani from the News Agency of Nigeria-- for a glance at what an American style get-out-the-vote effort really looks like.

Listening in as they chatted with volunteers Darrell Higginbotham and LaVon Marrow was a chance to remember that elections really are about thousands of Americans getting involved in their communities. Ms. Marrow has been knocking on doors and calling likely voters since July: this is her first national campaign. She's been enjoying the stories older voters tell her about why they're voting. Mr. Higginbotham has been getting into the challenge of reminding younger Virginians why showing up next Tuesday matters.

Funny thing, too. The stories they share are more about conversations about issues and reasons to vote than about shouting and disagreements.

Makes you think: American politics looks a lot better when you tag along with those door knocking volunteers.

GOP spokesman Garren Shipley offered this comment on O'Malley's visit: “After eight years of Democrat Martin O’Malley, Marylanders rejected his hand-picked successor  — and elected a Republican governor. That should tell you all you need to know about Governor O’Malley’s record and why he’s such a big fan of Hillary Clinton.”

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